Okay, here's our discussion thread for The Kite Runner. I'll just let all of you who've read the book start the discussion, then? There are so many things to talk about in the book... How did you like the ending? The writing style? The theme/symbol/metaphor/whatever you call it of the kites throughout the book? Or whatever you want to talk about.
I adored this book when reading it for the first time; I could scarcely put it down. What really made me love the book was the gritty, honest, spare way that the story is told; it doesn't shirk from narrating what it has to narrate, even when it gets ugly and cold and cruel... Parts of it are undeniably tough to read, but every bit of it is so packed with emotion that I felt like it would be disrespectful to the characters to give it anything less than my full and absolute attention.
Me thinks you don't have to understand Afghan history to appreciate KR fully. Part of the beauty of a good novel is that there is fact amidst the fiction. Like before I read His Dark Materials, I understood next to nothing about quantum physics, but reading it prompted me to go online and search for essays about the use of quantum physics in HDM. It's great when there are well-written novels about non-mainstream cultures and topics.
I don't have the book on hand so I can't really comment on the technical aspects of the writing, but I do remember that the writing was very fluid. Yuum. (weird, that)
Argh- I've been waiting for ages to get a chance to comment on this book, but I've either been away or obsessively RPing on Livejournal busy with offline life in general, so... sorry this is coming more than a week after this thread was started.
I really, really loved this book. I don't think I'd quite put it on my list of favorites, but it's very close. Rochenut, I agree with you about the history- I don't know all that much about Afghan history myself, but it was still easy to understand what was going on regardless. Lethe, I'm guessing you didn't miss much.
The scene when Amir discovers Sohrab in the bathroom is one of the most powerful- yet difficult- scenes in the book, rivaled only by Hassan's rape, and the Assef-Amir fight scene. Child suicide isn't something I've read much about, and it certainly wasn't something I was expecting, which made it all the more shocking. And the scene when Sohrab tells Amir that he wishes he had left him to die is just... I rarely, rarely cry while reading books, but that bit almost did me in.
My favorite scene, though, was the very last in the book, when Amir is with Sohrab at the park in America. The sense of closure it gives is just wonderful, and I love the 'reversed rolls' of kite flyer and kite runner.
All in all- beautiful story, wonderful writing, and overall excellent book. This'll definitely warrant a re-read; I get the feeling that (much like Never Let Me Go) it's one of those books that is even better the second time.
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My older brother is totally obsessed with it,he can't put it down!I'm going to give it a try once he's finished reading (if he let's me that is).....He also told me that he will be going to see the film,if any of you guys have seen it please tell me what it is like!
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